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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #47 - 01/07/17 at 01:08:53
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Of course, the "Immortal Uberdeckung Game" is an obvious inspiration.
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #46 - 01/07/17 at 00:53:40
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I'm reminded of Kmoch's parody of Nimzovich.  1.e4 e6 2.h4!! 

It is a strong move because it is a weak move. 

  
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Reply #45 - 01/05/17 at 20:31:42
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By the way, did Mr. Wiggin play for Athens, Alabama vs Sparta ?
  
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Reply #44 - 01/05/17 at 20:06:24
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Aha ! But you see, it doesn't work nearly as well with colours reversed. White's extra tempo Nf3 is detrimental to him ! The old struggle of concepts between time and information has once and for all been resolved in favour of the latter. And all thanks to the Wheat Stalk Defense !
  
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Reply #43 - 01/05/17 at 19:32:30
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I'm reminded of someone (Brian Wiggin from Alabama) who in the 1970s played this:  1. h4 e5 2. h5 d5 (Wiggin's view was that 2...h6 is correct) 3. h6 Nxh6 4. d4.
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #42 - 01/05/17 at 16:47:43
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That's a nice idea, but it was refuted a long time ago in the game Pirte - Parc, 1988 Alaskan Pre-School Championship.
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #41 - 01/05/17 at 16:31:17
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When I face this sort of thing (i.e. 1.Nf3 h5 2.g3 h4) in bullet, I just take the exchange and prepare long castling instead.

I guess I'm just lucky my opponents haven't been alert enough to discourage that with a quick ...a5-a4-a3!
  

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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #40 - 01/05/17 at 16:22:27
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6 years later, theory has evolved. It has recently transpired that 1. ...h5 refutes not only 1. e4 and 1. d4, as demonstrated by TN, but also that most solid of White's first move options, 1. Nf3.
We follow the Game Thilblus (ELO 3966) - Kamraley (ELO 4024) from the 2016 Bullet World Champoinship in St Petersburg, Florida.

1. Nf3 h5! White was of course intending to answer any other move with the fianchetto of his King's Bishop, erecting an impregnable fortress for his King.
Of course, now 2. g3?? would be a horrific blunder on account of 2. ...h4! ; 3. Nxh4? Rxh4!! with a winning attack.
2. e4?! Clearly disconcerted by his opponent's brilliant idea, White forgets that transposing to the Wheat Stalk Defense is tantamount to suicide. He could still have put up a stiff resistance with 2. h4! when the game Hirsbub - Leobyna was agreed drawn after 2. ...d6 ; 3. d3 e5 ; 4. e4 c5 ; 5. c4 Nf6, but Black could have maintained an advantage with
5. ...Ne7.
2. ...h4!
3. d4 It was already too late to stop the murderous march of the h-pawn. In Kunj - Harts, White mistakenly tried to treat the position as a Caro-Kann and was forced to resign after 3. h3? c6 ; 4. d4 d5 ; 5. Nc3 de ; 6. Nxe4 Bf5 ; 7. Ng3 hxg3.
3. ...h3!
4. g3
White could of course not tolerate the spoiling of his structure
4. ...d5
5. ed
White understandably chooses to deviate from the Advance Variation previously played in Senneson - Colklobs : 5. e5 Bg4 ; 6. Be2 e6 ; 7. 0-0 c5 ; 8. c3 Nc6 ;
9. Be3 Qb6 ; 10. Qd2 Nh6 ; 11. a3 cd ; 12. cd Nf5, when White's centre crumbled and he resigned 2 moves earlier than in the main game.
For 5. Nc3 cf. the note to White's 3rd move. After 5. ...de ; 6. Nxe4 Bf5 White has set himself up to play the illegal 7. Ng3 and forfeits the game. This unfortunate incident occured on all eight boards of the Sparta (Georgia)[US] - Athens (Alabama) 2015 0.1'/ 1" Hyper Bullet match.
However, the text is no Scandinavian either !
5. ... Qxd5
6. Nc3 Qh5!!
Black's Queen reaches its ideal square and the rest is a mere formality.
7. Be2 Bg4
8. Nb5
This desperate attempt at counterplay is White's best pratical chance.
8. ...Na6 8. ...Bxf3 cashes in straight away, but Black is in no hurry.
9. 0-0 c6
10. Nc3 0-0-0
11. Be3 Nb4
12. a3 Nd5
13. Nxd5 Rxd5
14. c4 Rf5

And White resigned. Note that the strength of Black's h-pawn is such that the development of the rest of his Kingside is superfluous. In fact, the Wheat Stalk has now conclusively put such archaic concepts as development to rest.
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #39 - 10/10/10 at 19:59:28
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Thus, 1 e4 a5 seems to be the Black version of this same opening. Seriously.


That makes it vèèèèry tricky. We know there's no advantage to be gained from playing a black defense with White,  but the other way round ?
John Watson help us out, pleaze !
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #38 - 10/10/10 at 14:05:40
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In that case White should try 1.a3 a6 2.b3!, since after 2...b6 White has not weakened the c4-square.  White can continue with 3.h3 and 4.g3, establishing a similar advantage on the other side of the board.
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #37 - 10/10/10 at 07:48:33
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After 1.a3 a6 2.b4, 2...b6 gives Black the advantage due to the chronic weakness of the c4-square. The way I play chess, a space 'advantage' is actually a disadvantage because of all the weak squares left behind. Yesterday I proved that the Four Pawns Attack against the King's Indian is actually a forced loss for White.

I can write a book showing why if there's enough demand.
  

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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #36 - 10/10/10 at 05:09:12
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mangler wrote on 10/09/10 at 13:11:39:
Stefan Buecker wrote on 10/09/10 at 11:59:17:
Stop the press! Black doesn't equalize: 1.a3! a6 (1...h5? 2.a4) 2.b4 (2.a4? a5) 2...a5 (what else) 3.b5, White has gained the move a2-a3 (Rybka4: +0.05), while 1.b4 a5 2.b5 is only -0.00. 


Isn't that the Oat Stalk attack? Can we get a book on that too??


Yes, but I've let Anonymous3 write that book.  Lips Sealed
  

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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #35 - 10/10/10 at 05:07:39
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Gambit wrote on 10/10/10 at 00:57:14:
I beat Nakamura with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit a few times here on Internet Chess Club. Never played Carlsen, though.


You never know, you may have played an anonymous account of his.  Wink
  

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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #34 - 10/10/10 at 00:57:14
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I beat Nakamura with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit a few times here on Internet Chess Club. Never played Carlsen, though.
  
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Re: The Corn Stalk Defense
Reply #33 - 10/09/10 at 13:11:39
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Stefan Buecker wrote on 10/09/10 at 11:59:17:
Stop the press! Black doesn't equalize: 1.a3! a6 (1...h5? 2.a4) 2.b4 (2.a4? a5) 2...a5 (what else) 3.b5, White has gained the move a2-a3 (Rybka4: +0.05), while 1.b4 a5 2.b5 is only -0.00. 


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